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Berry College officials have dedicated a new 4,600-square-foot Berry College Animal Science Laboratory near the Rollins Ruminant Research Center north of the Ford complex on campus.   

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Harbin Clinic doctors are stepping out to encourage Romans to get active this spring by taking part in the national Walk with a Doc program. The concept is simple, aimed at getting people on their feet, out in the community and healthier.

Georgia Highlands College plans to host a series of federal financial aid workshops on the first Friday of each month beginning this Friday, April 7, and continuing through the first Friday in December. The workshops are free and open to the public, and will be held on all GHC campuses. Atte…

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Agriculture has long been a backbone of the American economy.  This week, Keith Mickler, the University of Georgia Extension Service Director in Floyd County is encouraging Rome and Floyd County residents to celebrate Agriculture Awareness Week as they enjoy their meals or ride by farms up a…

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For Romans who love their flowers and veggies, and love to play in the dirt, it’s almost time for the annual Chieftains Museum Herb and Plant Sale – April 8-9 – at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds.

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One of Georgia’s giants in the field of archaeology, Pat Garrow, now a resident of Tennessee, will address the Northwest Georgia Archeological Society Thursday, March 9 at the Etowah Indian Mounds in Cartersville.

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The old Ed Wallace service station (now Cotton Patch Antiques), the Vicki’s Beauty Shop building and an adjoining laundromat building in Cave Spring have been sold at auction to Terry Caldwell, owner of the Joe Hill Lawnmower business in Cave Spring.

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The Rome Kiwanis Club is partnering with Pepperell High School to once again assist students in the process of preparing for job interviews. The club has worked with instructor Alana Ellenburg’s Freshman 101 class on the project for nine years.

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The McRae, Stegall, Peek, Harman, Smith & Monroe, LLP law firm completed its move to new space at Bridgepoint Plaza over the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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Highland Rivers Health agency will receive three grants totaling $454,456 to help provide permanent support of housing and other services for homeless people in the region who have mental health or addiction issues.

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Jason Warren, who grew up in Cave Spring, will open J&J Pharmacy in the old Cline Pharmacy building at 1 Alabama St. shortly after the first of the year

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Trey Salmon never anticipated that he would one day own a funeral home. Today, he and his wife Brooke are co-owners of the Salmon Funeral Home, 2516 New Calhoun Highway, along with business partners Mark and Pam Sidwell.

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Blood Assurance officials are putting out a call for help during the holiday season. “The need for blood is constant; however, it is often increased during the holidays and must be replenished by those of us in the community who are able to donate,” said Mindy Quinn, marketing manager for Bl…

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Rome home-schooler Will Smith has gotten a jump on life in the working world. Smith has a booth at Yellow Door Antiques and Art, 219 N. Fifth Ave., where he sells items he has found at yard sales and either cleaned up or completely re-purposed.

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Over the last two years, the Heart of the Community Foundation has awarded more than $56,000 in grants to community organizations in Rome. Applications for the 2017 grant program are now available online at www.theheartofthecommunity.org.

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Twin entrepreneurs Larry and Barry Alford continue to spread their ServiceMaster business wings with the introduction of one of the first ServiceMaster plumbing franchises to be called ServiceMaster Home Services.

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A Planet Fitness center is coming to the Gala Shopping Center in West Rome. The exercise center would be in the former Hancock Fabrics space at 2507 Shorter Ave.

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Bartow County businessman Terry Timm is converting the former Marchem office building at the intersection of Ga. 140 and North Main Street in Adairsville into a four-unit strip shopping center.

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Local historians Jim Belzer and John Carruth want to set the record straight as it relates to Union General William T. Sherman’s 1864 March to the Sea as part of the Rome Area History Museum’s (RAHM) Snapshot in Time series.

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Rome businessman Leslie Duke has confirmed plans for Duke’s Museum of Military History, which will be at 110 E. Eighth Ave. in Rome. He is aiming to have the facility ready for the public by Jan. 1, 2017.

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Dr. Leonard Reeves, campus associate dean of the Northwest Clinical campus of the Medical College of Georgia in Rome, has been named to the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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The Rodeph Sholom Congregation’s annual New York Deli Day has been set for Nov. 9, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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Jeremy Duke, co-owner of the new Moe’s Original Bar-B-Q restaurant, 105 W. First St., said crews have finally gotten all the nec-essary construction permits and are proceeding full steam ahead on renovations to the building.

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Floyd County Farm Bureau has been honored during the Georgia Farm Bureau First District Annual Meeting for its outstanding member programs. Jerry Mull, a cattle rancher in the Wax/Silver Creek area, is the FCFB President. FCFB was recognized with the 2016 Georgia Farm Bureau Membership Award…

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The Downtown Development Authority is looking for some help from Romans to honor the dedication of countless volunteers and business leaders who have served the downtown community. 

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